May is when all the farm markets on Vancouver Island start up, and even when the weather is uncooperative, most open anyways.
But I’m a bit of a pansy when it comes to venturing out in the rain, or cold. So when I get a chance to do some real shopping, I’m a lot happier to do it on a bright, clear day. All of the markets around Victoria have live music featuring local talent. Most markets offer an eclectic mix of entertainment like magicians, jugglers and dancers: perfect for outdoor enjoyment.
Find Organic Produce in the Heart of Victoria at the Moss St Market
One of the biggest markets is not too far from Beacon Hill Park: the Moss St. Organic Market on the corner of Fairfield Rd. and Moss St. It begins on May 4, from 10 to 2 and is open all summer long until Oct. 26. What you can find here is an organic haven of meat, honey, herbs, seasonal vegetables and fruit in the produce section. The lunch section has some international flavor in their dishes from Persia, India, South America, Japan and local treats too.
The row featuring prepared food will not be overlooked. Mouthwatering morsels like homemade baking, granola, coffee, tortillas, and dairy products are waiting for you. Including the many arts and crafts, this market has about 75 vendors.
There is also a half market throughout the month of April on Saturdays from 10-12.
Local Talent is Featured at the Crafty James Bay Market
I love quaint little James Bay. And now there is a Community Market there too, on Menzies and Superior. Just look for the James Bay Tearoom as a landmark. The group of about 50 vendors will be there from 9-3, starting May 1 to Oct.9. They are proud of their local talent, and for them, what a great audience and setting to practice in!
For the kids, there is a handy fun tent to do crafts in and get their face paint on while you shop around.
Saanich Peninsula Gathers Farmers, Bakers, Florists, and Artisans
Lastly, we head on over to Peninsula Country Market at the Saanich Fairgrounds at 1528 Stelly’s Crossroad. Here we have the usual lovely lineups of produce, crafts, flowers and baking that are created and nurtured by about 60 local vendors. Their operating times are Saturday, 9:30-12:30 starting in mid June until Thanksgiving.
What I like about this market is the farm animals that are supplied by the 4H club. What kid (and some parents) doesn’t love that? When they tire of that, they can get immersed in the crafts and face painting which are provided by the Youth Employment Program.
The iconic farmer’s market is the heart of a community. And I’m grateful that Vancouver Island has one in every town. I’m heading to my local market this weekend for wild honey. And I hope it takes all day to get it.
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